Finlay Enterprises has origins dating back to 1787 achieving $100 billion over two centuries. By 2010, Finlay Fine Jewelers was the largest operator of leased jewelry departments in over 1200 stores in the US and France:
Finlay Fine Jewelry is one of the leading retailers of fine jewelry and the largest operator of leased fine jewelry departments in department stores throughout the United States. Founded in 1887, New York-based Finlay once operated in approximately 1000 department store locations in the United States. The Company operated fine jewelry departments in the following major department stores:
The May Department Stores Company
- Meier & Frank
- Famous Barr
- L.S. Ayers
- Lord & Taylor
Federated Department Stores
- The Bon Marche
Saks Incorporated Department Stores
- Carson Pirie Scott
- Boston Store
Other Department Stores
- Marshall Field’s
- The Bon-Ton
- Elder Beerman
Finlay sells a broad selection of moderately priced fine jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and watches, and marketing these items principally as fashion accessories with an average sales price of approximately $191 per item.
Finlay graces red carpets at the Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys, and Independent Spirit Awards. Vin Lee Jewelers, the creator of the tennis earring/ear cuff/climber, is worn by celebrities, diplomats, royalty, most notably by family of the President of France at Cannes. The Diamond Standard brand sold to affiliate of Jimmy Choo Limited, a subsidiary of Labelux.
Finlay owns 20 of the top 50 US jewelry brands.